March, 2017

Keep America Beautiful – Topeka/Shawnee County
Ramada Inn – Madison Street Diner, 420 SE 6th, Topeka, KS
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
President, Tim Harrington, called the regular monthly meeting of KAB to order at 12:00 p.m.

Those present:
Tim Harrington, Paula Hladky, Willard Epling, Judy Gatewood, Joan Graves, Mary Snyder, Jim Robinson, Aaron Grams, Steve Grenus, Gary Slimmer; Bill Riphahn, Dave Bartels and Philicia McKee.

Minutes: A motion was made to approve the minutes by Joan Graves and seconded by Jim Robinson. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Financials were reviewed by Treasurer, Paula Hladky.

President’s Report: Tim Harrington, reported.

The month started out preparing for the Lawn and Garden Show which was a success. It was very nice outside, so attendance was down a little. There were 9800 attendees. Thanks to all volunteers that helped with the KAB booth.

Our February field trip to the Ritchey House was very interesting. Thanks to everyone that helped Philicia through the tedious City Budget application. It has been completed and submitted.

Keep registering teams for Get Down and Get Dirty. We hope to have a great year!

Events and volunteer opportunities: Philicia reported.

March 22 Master Gardener Pressed Flower Art Workshop
March 30 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.-Spring Lawn Care by Steve Paige
March 30 Spring Clean-up at Ted Ensley Gardens—meet at 37th and West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)
April 1 Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 131 NE 46th 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
April 6 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00—Grandma’s Tomatoes-Terry Cobb
April 7-23 Tulip Time
April 7-8 and 14-15 Tulips at Twilight 6 – 10 p.m.

April 8 Curb Your Clutter—NIA’s: Central Highland Park, East End, East Topeka North, East Topeka South, Highland Acres, Jefferson Square, Monroe, Historic North Topeka East and Oakland.

April 9 Festival of Tulips 10 am – 3 pm
April 11 KAB Monthly Meeting, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Topic will be: Field trip to KBI, 2001 Washburn
April 13 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.–Curb Appeal-Diane Green

April 15 Curb Your Clutter—NIA’s: Central Park, Chesney Park, Hi-Crest, Historic Holiday Park, Likins-Foster,
North Topeka West, Old Town, Quinton Heights Steele, Valley Park and Ward Meade.

April 17-21 TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
April 20 History and Environmental Fair, Kansas Museum of History

April 22 Get Down and Get Dirty community litter cleanup 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.- lunch to follow (volunteers needed)
April 22 Washburn University Big Event
April 22 Green Fair at the Topeka/Shawnee County Library from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

April 22 Curb Your Clutter—NIA’s: Downtown NIA and Tennessee Town

April 27 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Herbs, Growing and Using-Carol Bragdon
April 27 Annual Garden prep day Ted Ensley Gardens– meet 37th and West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)
April 28 Arbor Day

April 29 Free Landfill Day 7:00 A.M. – 12:00 p.m. Rolling Meadows Landfill
April 29 Free Yard Waste Disposal 8:00am – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:45pm-Garick Yard Waste Facility, I-70 and MacVicar
April 29 Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 131 NE 46th 9 a.m – noon

April 29 E-Cycle Event w/City of Topeka and Shawnee County
(volunteers needed 8 am 11 am and 11 am- 2pm to help lift and load!!!)

April 29 Christmas In Action Topeka
May 4 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Vegetable Gardens-Terry Cobb
May 6 Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 131 NE 46th 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
May 6 KAB Planting Day at Ted Ensley Gardens 9 am – noon (volunteers needed)
May 6 ShareFest
May 9 KAB Monthly Meeting, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Ramada Inn Madison Street Diner, 420 E. 6th
Topic will be: Kathy Wade, Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens
May 13 TBA/KAB work in Crestview or Snyder Cabin Gardens 9 a.m. – noon (volunteers needed)
May 14 Mother’s Day
May 15-19 TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
May 18 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Gardens of the Master Gardeners-Kathy Wade
May 20 Topeka Cemetery 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. lunch afterwards-mowing/cleaning stones (volunteers needed)
May 25 Planting at Ted Ensley Gardens– meet at 37th and West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)

Great American Cleanup events were reviewed by Philicia.

Dave Bartels presented about Ted Ensley Gardens and Tulip Time and thanked the volunteers for their help at the gardens.

The following reports were distributed:

Business Committee Report
Frito made copies for us of the Topeka Cemetery flyer and Get Down and Get Dirty for the Lawn and Garden Show. Thanks so much to Payless for printing our beautiful new 40th Anniversary Recycle Directories. Thanks to Dillons for the grant program that brings in income to KAB from their patrons that list KAB as their favorite non-profit. Every dollar counts!

We received a grant from Wal-Mart West in the amount of $500.

We received a t-shirt donation from Strathman Sales in the amount of $1,000.

Government Committee Report

We received our quarterly grant from Shawnee County. Thanks to them!

The E-cycle event will be held April 29th sponsored by Shawnee County and the City of Topeka.

Community Organizations Committee Report
Crossroads Wesleyan Church
Members of the church took over the Garden of Hope and worked many hours this year making that a huge success.

Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens
The Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon. Anyone that would like to serve on that board, please contact Philicia.

Friends of Ward Meade and Old Prairie Town
A new “Friends” group has been formed for Ward Meade Botanical Gardens and Old Prairie Town. They meet the third Thursday of each month if you are interested in serving, contact Philicia.

Highway Action Team and Neighborhood Action Team
Crews were out in December collecting 11,760 pounds of litter. We so much appreciate the contribution of these valuable citizens to our community.

KAB Storm Troopers
A new program with volunteers cleaning out the storm drains in their neighborhoods. Storm Troopers are: Cale Herreman, Doris Schmidt, Frank Forgy, Frito Lay Green Team, Gale Elliott, Jamie Slack, Jan Gast, Lacey McKee, Larissa Amundson, Linnea Hoyos, Lynda Davis, Maggie Kelley, Marsha Sheahan, Mary Lou McPhail, Mary Sue Carreno, Nila Miller, Renee Hall, Roetta Kremer, Steve Southerland, Susan Miller, Richard Johnson, and Wayne Stander. Our newest storm troopers, Renae Jeffries, Frank Weinhold, John Carlson, Elaine Schwartz, Sonya Cottrell, Donna Collie, Nancy and Roger Houck, Timothy Long, Randy Clear and Stephen Forgy.

KAB Trash Troopers
Volunteers pick up litter as they walk. Trash Troopers in action are: Arlene Crawford, Clint and Martha Kegel, Clista Seals, Frank Forgy, Jan Northcraft, Jeanie and Gary Anderson, Jeff Hansen, Jenny Justice, Jerri Blassingame, Joan and Robert Graves, John Holt, Ken and Marie Carlat, Kenny Bennett, Leonard Gonzales and friends, Linda Wallace, Maggie Kelley, Maggie Pinick and son, Mary Kirk, Mary Lou McPhail, Mike Smith, Nancy and Roger Houck, Nicole Vanhollebeke, Nila Miller, Paula Hladky and Willard Epling, Raymond Fertig, Renee Hall, Rolling Meadows, Sarah Leach, Sharon and Mr. Avery, Sherry Clayton, The Villages, and Vicky Walters. Welcome our newest Trash Trooper: Stephen Forgy! Remember if you know of someone who picks up litter on their own, please have them report in as Trash Troopers! This is critical for our funding and also for trash bag donations.

Master Gardeners
The members contributed 948 hours on the average last year.

NIA’S and NA’s
Greater Auburndale had a cleanup on February 12. They put up a sign asking people to pick up after their dogs. I thought that was a great idea.

Recycle Rangers
Jean and Delores Gunther continue to recycle and reuse with the First Methodist Church. Sherry Clayton is recycling for her area.

Take Ten
C.B. Richard Ellis Company has the area at 21st and Wanamaker and 29th and Topeka cleaned up every day, Monday through Friday. Wal-Mart Superstore, Kansas All Industry Placement Facility, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Jimmy Johns, Westridge Mall, Chili’s, Scotch Fabric Care, Quality Inn and Quick Lane Tire have all indicated that they are part of this program sending their employees out to pick up litter.

Topeka Audubon Society
Members of Topeka Audubon worked 95.5 hours in January!

Topeka Beautification Association
David Hedstrom and Bill Stumpff volunteer to improve and beautify our community. Topeka Beautification meets the third Saturday of every month.

Topeka Community Cycle Project
Topeka Community Cycle Project collects and repair bicycles for re-use and they donate these to children. Last year they had 1,000 volunteer hours.

Vivien Smith
Vivien worked at the Children’s Discovery Center and in and around Topeka for 60 hours in February.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Bob Saathoff and other church volunteers work every month making certain the church landscaping is pristine.

Education Committee
Eisenhower Middle School holds beautification and cleanup activities every day at their school throughout the school year in their “Tend Your Nest” program.

St. Matthews has a rosary garden and many active volunteers caring for that.

Avondale West has six students cleanup their school grounds twice a month all school year long.

Christ the King has their student council clean up the school grounds an hour per month.

Holy Family holds two cleanups per year working in their Oakland neighborhood.

Topeka Lutheran holds an all school cleanup in late July and mid-September.

McEachron student council cleans and beautifies their school grounds each month.

Hope Street Academy recycles, holds a horticulture class and has students working in a community garden.

Philicia spoke at the Tennessee Town NIA meeting on January 9th. It was very informative and she learned a lot about what is happening in central Topeka. Also the Rolling Meadows NA on January 16 and Greater Auburndale on January 23. On February 7, she spoke to Sunrise Optimist Club. On February Philicia spoke to the Homeless Task Force, and on February 23 to Hi-Crest NIA and Valley Park NIA.

Communications Committee Report
City Channel 4 runs general slides every day about volunteering with KAB.

WIBW started our Get Down and Get Dirty promos in January. Hope you were able to catch that, and it is also on our website.

Topeka Capital Journal ran articles for the Lawn and Garden Show on February 7, 8, and 9. They also had the traditional booklet the first day of the show.

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